If you want to ameliorate the sound of the in built speakers of your TV, but you don’t have enough space to accommodate the clunky multiple speakers or a surround sound set up, then an impeccable solution to your problem is a soundbar. Soundbars are the cutting edge speaker system technology that produces surround sound effect from a single compact cabinet. They are easy to use, take up very little space and can be easily mounted on the wall.
By and large soundbars come in either active or passive form. Active soundbars have built in amplifiers and do not call for an additional A/V receiver. But if you already own an A/V receiver, then your obvious choice has to be a passive soundbar that encloses a list of speakers.
But all things don’t come perfect and so is the case with soundbars. Soundbars cannot replicate the theatre like effect that we receive from multiple speakers. They have some practical limitations and problems that are often timely cooked up. So there are some needful things that you need to keep in mind before you actually step out for buying a soundbar.
- Whenever soundbars are mounted very close to your TV, like directly below or even when they are placed near the TV stand, they have a proclivity to obstruct the remote control sensor of your television which will force you to angle your remote to operate the TV. Yamaha YAS-101 and Zvox’s Z-base are soundbars that can help you in this aspect.
- Most soundbars lack front panel display and hence it can be problematic when you want to know whether the volume you have selected is at its maximum or you still have some room left for it. Some of the soundbars like Haier SBEV40-slim and Zvox’s Z-base have in built displays.
- Quite a large number of soundbars do not come with remotes and they have to be commanded from the TV’s remote. So while setting up, you will to deactivate the internal speakers of the TV and when you need the TV remote for adjusting the volume, your TV might display an onscreen error message. So while buying a soundbar, ensure that it has an included remote.
- Normally soundbars have limited connectivity ports and it might be a problem when you want to connect a couple of other devices. In such cases go for one that has more connectivity options.
- A large number of soundbars come with the virtual surround sound like Euphony-HD and Qsorround which work along with DTS signals for more surround effect. But it definitely doesn’t match the effect produced by a full surround system and it just makes the soundbar bigger and bulkier.
So if you are considering about possessing a soundbar choose a self powered one and a passive model if you already have an A/V receiver. It has to be a stereo only soundbar. It shoud include virtual surround and should have the most beneficent price/performance ratio. It should have enough connectivity options and may even be impounded with a subwoofer.